Blog :: 10-2010

THING 14 - Get the highest return on your Trick or Treating

THING 14 - Get the highest return on your Trick or Treating

There is nothing wrong with dressing up like a ninja and strolling around your local community asking for candy on Halloween.  You will have a lot of fun and will probably come home with a healthy (bad choice of words) sack of goods.  But, for those of you out there who take this annual event more seriously I'm here to give my advice.

There are three areas to focus on when trying to get the highest return on your Trick or Treating

a)      Costume: There is nothing you can do about your age, height or weight, so whatever you've got lets work with it. Your main goal here is to gain as many cuteness points as possible. This is to distract the home owner while you steal their goodies.  Some may try for the more revealing outfits and others try for the more detailed costumes, but I recommend going for cuteness. Adorable animals always work to get the "honey, look at how adorable this kangaroo is here!" while you fill up your sack/roo-pouch hand over fist with Reese's Pieces.

b)      Location: Greenwich has several areas fantastic for the professional trick or treater (North Mianus, Cos Cob, Old Greenwich, Riverside, Glenville, Byram, and on), but nothing beats the Maher Avenue corridor. This street has gained a reputation for being extremely charitable with its sugar distribution.  Situated to the west of Maple Avenue and the east of the Greenwich Hospital, Maher offers just the right mix of wealthy homeowners, flat streets, wide sidewalks, and density of houses for an adorable pony to fill up her sack with snickers bars.

c)       Time: I am not the first to identify Maher as a gold mine for the sweet tooth, so there will definitely be competition.  For this reason it is wise to consider the time of your tour.  If you go early you will be guaranteed candy at each house, but since the homeowners are aware of the pending flood of people they will be less lenient to let their patrons take a full handful.  Maher homeowners are professional and understand the concept of rationing well.  If you go too late there is a good chance of missing the boat and arriving at dry homes. It is very rare for a Maher house to have extra candy come November. I recommend starting off to the west (say Park Ave) as the sun starts to go down (Sunset tonight is at 5:52pm) and then landing on Maher a bit after 6pm. Once you have conquered this street (some aggressive T or Ters will bring multiple outfits to attack the same house - not recommended) there are many wonderful avenues to test your luck at to the west (Northfield, Williams, Perryridge).

Good luck to all the goblins, cowgirls, Lady Gagas and princesses out there. I wish you a fruitful (bad choice of words) evening.

THING 13b - Shellfish Demonstration at Tod's Point

Per the Friends of Greenwich Point.org there will be a shellfish demonstration today at noon by the Old Greenwich Yacht Club. As it is a beautiful day, I thought this could be fun.

Fall 2010

Friends of Greenwich Point Educational Programs

Saturday, October 30             12pm           Shellfish Demonstration
(Raindate Sunday, October 31 at 1pm)

Sponsored by Greenwich Shellfish Commission.  Meet opposite the Chimes Building (by the OG Yacht Club).  Bring boots and a wide-tined garden fork or potato rake.

THING 13 - Howl & Prowl

THING 13 - Howl & Prowl

Dogs are supposed to be tough manly creatures that fetch the paper and your slippers.  They are not supposed to be put into handbags or wear sweaters.  Dogs are not accessories (sorry Paris), they are companions.  They are supposed to fetch large dog bones (Manero's - tear tear) not play with Busy Bees (Best in Show).  They should wear spikes around their neck, not cute collars with preppy prints on them. They should guard against intruders, not cuddle with them (RIP Gusto).  Dogs are man's best friend and deserve all the recognition they can get (only in Greenwich would a dog inherit millions....). 

I'm kind of on the fence as to whether dogs should be dressed up in costumes.   The grumpy old man in me thinks that's why dogs bite people.....on the other side, who can't love a dachshund inside a giant hot dog bun?

If you are free this afternoon and enjoy looking at Beagles dressed as bagels, take a visit to the Greenwich Commons for Howl and Prowl at 1pm. Adopt-a-dog.org is a fantastic organization with the sole goal of finding "safe, permanent homes for our discarded companion animals." 

http://www.adopt-a-dog.org/HP2010.htm

http://adopt-a-dog.org/

"Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." Bob Barker

THING 13 - Howl&Prowl

THING 13 - Howl & Prowl

Dogs are supposed to be tough manly creatures that fetch the paper and your slippers.  They are not supposed to be put into handbags or wear sweaters.  Dogs are not accessories (sorry Paris), they are companions.  They are supposed to fetch large dog bones (Manero's - tear tear) not play with Busy Bees (Best in Show).  They should wear spikes around their neck, not cute collars with preppy prints on them. They should guard against intruders, not cuddle with them (RIP Gusto).  Dogs are man's best friend and deserve all the recognition they can get (only in Greenwich would a dog inherit millions....). 

I'm kind of on the fence as to whether dogs should be dressed up in costumes.   The grumpy old man in me thinks that's why dogs bite people.....on the other side, who can't love a dachshund inside a giant hot dog bun?

If you are free this afternoon and enjoy looking at Beagles dressed as bagels, take a visit to the Greenwich Commons for Howl and Prowl at 1pm. Adopt-a-dog.org is a fantastic organization with the sole goal of finding "safe, permanent homes for our discarded companion animals." 

http://www.adopt-a-dog.org/HP2010.htm

http://adopt-a-dog.org/

"Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." Bob Barker

THING 12 - Pick up family

THING 12 - Pick up family

 

As this is a blog about things to do in Greenwich I do not endorse leaving the area, but inviting more people into it is perfectly acceptable.  The Westchester Airport is not in Greenwich (technically), but it is pretty darn close. With JetBlue and other major airlines flying into it, there is no closer airport or hub to pick up relatives (who wants to drive to Newark to pick up their mother in law?!).

For more information on the Westchester County Airport please visit its website at:

http://airport.westchestergov.com/

 

THING 11 - Greenwich Has Got Talent - Tomorrow Night

THING 11 - Greenwich Has Got Talent

You've probably seen the signs all over town as local retailers have been selling tickets to 'Greenwich Has Got Talent 2010.'  The annual event is put on by the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.  On their website they refer to it as a Variety Show that showcases "singers, dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, and a myriad of variety acts." Maria Kelly Stevens is the Artistic Director/Producer.

Its events like these that I'm excited to learn about as I try to come up with 365 things to do in Greenwich. I did not know (or at least wasn't paying full attention) that this event occurred annually.  Has anyone out there (reading this) gone to this? I'm very curious to hear if it is a full fledge competition or just a local talent show.  Please give me some feedback.

More Information:

http://www.greenwichchamber.com/2010variety-show.asp

Buy Tickets:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/131000

THING 10 - Wake up with a great breakfast sandwich - CORBO'S.

THING 10 - Wake up with a great breakfast sandwich - CORBO'S.

You've got to love Corbo's bacon double egg and cheese.  Corbos is a quintessential Italian Deli with great staff.  They have two locations in Greenwich, both on the post road: 470 W Putnam Ave & 1380 E Putnam Ave (Old Greenwich).  I can't say enough about the staff.   I am by no means a regular and known to the staff, yet I always feel welcome.  In a town that can be hard to get familiarized with, this warmth goes a long way with me.  I always recommend Corbo's to new clients from out of town.   They (Corbo's staff) make everyone feel at home and cook a mean breakfast sandwich.   I picked the breakfast sandwich as the "thing" to get/do, so I can use the Corbo's lunch later in my list of 365 things.

 

Please post a THUMBS UP or comment if you agree/approve of Corbo's!

THING 9 - Read a magazine or close your eyes

THING 9 - Read a magazine or close your eyes

I'm not staying that I've ever nodded off at the Greenwich Library, I'm just saying that it is hard not to in these chairs.  I thought about taking a picture of someone in their resting state (there are always a couple), but figured they might not appreciate the internet exposure.  The Greenwich Library has about 10 of these incredibly comfortable seats in the quiet section by the magazine stacks.  It's a great place to catch up on work (wireless w/ laptop is beautiful) or just get away from the family/boss/rat race.

For more information from the Greenwich Library please visit its website at:

http://www.greenwichlibrary.org/

THING 8 - Have a baby

THING 8 - Have a baby

I was born there.  My daughter was born there.  I highly recommend it.  The "free" Filet Mignon or Lobster isn't a bad bonus.  Plus you get to drive into the emergency entrance for a good reason...

In all seriousness, the Greenwich Hospital is a fantastic organization. The hospital is a part of the Yale New Haven Health system, which also includes Bridgeport Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.  There are 174 patient beds and 32 bassinets. According to the Greenwich Hospital website, over 2,000 babies were born in the Greenwich Hospital over the past year. In addition to serving Greenwich, CT, the hospital also serves parts of western Westchester County.  In 2005, the hospital added a 150,000 sq.ft. addition (Olive and Thomas J. Watson Pavilion) to accommodate new treatment rooms, meeting rooms and welcoming space.  There are many classes in the hospital to help people with issues ranging from depression to cancer.  I attended a class on birth before my daughter was born and felt it was extremely helpful in my preparation.  When my daughter was born our attending nurse ended up staying well beyond her shift to make sure we were ok and well taken care of.  It is that kind of care and generosity that I have always associated with the Greenwich Hospital.

For more information please visit the Greenwich Hospital website at:

http://www.greenhosp.org/

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